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Thinking Outside the Book: Non-print Collection Development for Teens Susan Person & Robyn Lupa Jefferson County Public Library Outline See types of media for teen collections Learn how to tap into teen interests & keep abreast of trends Find out about selection tools

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Thinking Outside the Book: Non-print Collection Development for Teens

Susan Person & Robyn Lupa

Jefferson County Public Library


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Outline

  • See types of media for teen collections

  • Learn how to tap into teen interests & keep abreast of trends

  • Find out about selection tools

  • Gain hints on attractive displays

  • Hear audience input on successful ideas or experiences


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Generation TechSchool Library Journal, March 2004

  • 71% of students used the net for their last big project

  • 78% of teens use the web to help with schoolwork

  • 83% of teens say that the loss of internet access would have a negative effect on their schoolwork

  • Top computer uses are email (43%), playing games (31%) & listening to or downloading music (17%)

  • 65% of kids say their parents ask them to surf the net for info about products or services







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Tapping Into Teen Interests & Trends

  • Read newspaper & magazine reviews of movies & music

  • Observe websites in use

  • Check circulation, reserve statistics and return carts

  • Have the TAB make selection decisions

  • Stash comment cards near A/V sections

  • Ask for suggestions during outreach

  • Purchase books on tape/disc from school reading lists


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Non-Traditional Collection Development

  • Popularity is more relevant than reviews

  • Monitoring the movement of the collection will be just as important as using review sources


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Video/DVD Collections

  • Informational

  • Educational

  • Entertainment


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Informational

  • Colleges & vocations

  • Transportation

  • Social concerns

  • Life skills


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Educational

  • Academic subjects – science, history, social studies

  • School & life experiences

  • Literature curriculum ties


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Entertainment

  • Music videos

  • Concerts

  • Biographies

  • Anime


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Hollywood Films – Maybe?

  • Compete with Blockbuster

  • Only classics or literary adaptations

  • Purchase from “best of lists:

    National Film Registry

    American Film Institute

    Academy Awards

    Sundance


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Feature Films – Yes!

Attract teens to the library

Boost circulation

Never on the shelf!


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Considerations…

R-rated films?

Video vs. DVD?

Multiple copies?


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Video Librarian

www.videolibrarian.com

Library Video Company

www.libraryvideocompany.com

VOYA

Teen Screen: Video Reviews

Internet Movie Database

www.imdb.com

Screen-It

www.screenit.com

YALSA

Selected DVDs and Videos list

Video/DVD Selection Tools


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Video/DVD Sites

Anime

www.rightstuf.comwww.animenmore.comwww.abcb.com

In the Mix

www.pbs.org/inthemix

Awards

www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html

(National Film Institute)

www.afi.com

(American Film Institute)

www.oscars.com

(Academy Awards)

www.sundance.org

(Sundance)


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Music Collections

  • Watch MTV, VH-1, BET, CMT

  • Flip channels on the radio

  • Watch artists on Letterman, Leno, SNL

  • Browse store displays

  • Ask teenage patrons/library staff

  • Listen to music in stores that cater to teens

  • Read Rolling Stone, Spin, The Source, Vibe

  • Surf the net


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Popular Music

  • Selection tools are different - not mainstream

  • Appeal/popularity vs. critical acclaim


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What to Purchase?

Relevant & in demand now

Classics

Compilations & soundtracks


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Rolling Stone

www.rollingstone.com

Billboard

www.billboard.com

Spin

www.spin.com

Blender

www.blender.com

VH-1

www.sonicnet.com

Media Play

www.mediaplay.com

Amazon

www.amazon.com

CDNOW

www.cdnow.com

All-Music Guide

www.allmusic.com

Artist Direct

www.artistdirect.com

Music Selection Tools


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Computer Software

  • Educational, informational, recreational

  • Digital divide – computer knowledge is an expectation

  • Offer free communication stations in the library


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Gaming Software

Online reviews

www.happypuppy.com

www.gamespot.com

www.gamezilla.com

www.pcgameworld.com

www.allgame.com

www.gamezone.com

  • Arcade style, simulation scenarios, tycoon adventures, TV tie-ins, board game spin-offs

  • Rating considerations

  • Magazine reviews:

    PC Gamer – www.pcgamer.com

    Nintendo Power – www.nintendo.com

    Electronic Gaming Monthly –www.gamers.com

  • Individual gaming systems:

    Xbox - www.xbox.com

    Playstation 2 - www.usplaystation.com

    Game Cube - www.gamecube.com



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Recorded Books

  • Caters to auditory learners

  • Valuable for reluctant readers

  • Convenient for busy teens

  • YA fiction for leisure listening

  • Abridged, unabridged or both?


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Cassettes vs. CDs?

  • Cassette tapes are phasing out

  • CDs get scratched; tapes get mangled

  • Convenient 3-minute tracks on CDs

  • Better sound quality on CDs

  • New vehicles have CD players

  • Teens own portable CD players


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Selection Tools

  • Obtain school reading lists – many “classics” will already be found on adult shelves

  • Check circulation statistics of YA fiction

  • YALSA’s annual list of selected recorded books

  • Audiofile: www.audiofilemagazine.com

  • Kliatt: http://hometown.aol.com/kliatt/index.html

  • Vendors – Recorded Books & Books on Tape www.recordedbooks.comwww.booksontape.com


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Advertising Non-Print Materials

  • Group together diverse formats

  • Shelve non-print materials with YA books

  • Make the teen area busy – create a dynamic environment

  • Designate teen items with a YA shelf code and/or label

  • Establish a clear juvenile vs. YA age differentiation

  • Randomly shelve CDs – allow teens to browse

  • Purchase simple display racks to advertise new stuff


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Why Collect Non-Print Materials…?

In a typical week, 23% of public library patronage is teens

Teens are interested in more than just books

Today’s teens are tomorrow’s voters…and potential library supporters!


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In Conclusion…

Music

Film

Computer Software

Recorded Books

Are valid and legitimate areas of collection development

http://info.jefferson.lib.co.us/2004presentations/


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